Tuesday 06 November 2012
In-form Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has been named the Barclays Player of the Month for October with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson being given the Manager of the Month award.
Mata, 24, who joined Chelsea last year, has been in fine form to help the Blues make an impressive start to the 2012/13 campaign.
The Spaniard has scored five goals in October with three coming in the Barclays Premier League. He scored two goals in the 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur with one more arriving against Manchester United while he also has a string of assists to his name.
"I am always trying to do my best to help the team"
"I'm very grateful for this award," Mata told the club's official website after receiving the accolade for the first time.
"It's very important to keep going and improve because I am still young. The most important thing is the team and I am always trying to do my best to help the team."
Manchester United, meanwhile, moved to the top of the Barclays Premier League table with the help of wins over Newcastle United, Stoke City and Chelsea.
Ferguson was named Manager of the Month for the 27th time on the 26th anniversary of him taking charge at Old Trafford.
"We've got a great set up here," Ferguson told the club's official website. "I've got great staff and the players, of course. They are the reason I'm getting this award. There is no question about that. I am very pleased."
The award comes on the day that United announced that Ferguson would be honoured with a statue that will be revealed at Old Trafford at the end of November.